Seven Sisters Music is creating books, videos, and web pages exploring the traditional performing arts of Northeast Indian state of Manipur. Byron Aihara is a film maker, photographer, whose work for the past eight years has been centered on traditional performance arts of Northeast India. His recently published book on dance and music in Manipur is, Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur. The book contains over 300 photographs and extensive researched text.
Having spent more than five of the past 15 years traveling extensively throughout India, Nepal, and Indonesia, mostly in villages and towns, Byron considers himself an “explorer”. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television with a degree in production. And has directed a feature film documentary “Marriage in Chanderi” and a number of short films.
Byron’s current research work is, ongoing, and large in scope. His goal is to document and present the many traditional dance, musics, and rituals of Northeast India with a focus on those which are endangered or are in need of immediate protection.
Based in California, Byron Aihara lives in Santa Cruz. His work has been published in Discover India’s Northeast Magazine, Surfer Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler (India), The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror, and other publications. He has been shortlisted by the Royal Photographic Society for their annual print exhibition. He also has a featured profile and gallery sponsored by LensCulture.com